INTERNATIONAL: HIV positive Malawi man convicted over ‘ritual sex’ with 104 women

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INTERNATIONAL: HIV positive Malawi man convicted over ‘ritual sex’ with 104 women

97c68be9634749289322150d7e062b81_18ALJAZEERA – A Malawi court has convicted an HIV-positive man who had confessed to having sex with 104 girls and widows in traditional “sexual cleansing” rituals.

Eric Aniva, 45, was found guilty on Friday on two counts after a one-day trial in a packed courtroom in the district of Nsanje.

“It is clear … that the state has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the accused was engaging in harmful practices,” the magistrate, Innocent Nebi, said.

“I find you guilty and convict you accordingly,” he said, adding that sentencing would be on November 22.

The verdict did not take into account the man’s HIV-positive status, because there was no evidence of any of the girls or women having caught the virus.

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  1. Even though they did not catch the virus but it was an imminent threat to them. The law should take into consideration the threat. In English law it should amount to an assault for the least. As a former colony Malawi officials should have recognized this. I am just saying, without the circumstances of the case known.

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